Backbay tarpon

My last couple trips into Estero bay I saw mid size 2-4 foot range,  tarpon rolling with in casting distance.  I use mainly artificial, so my question ...
What should I throw at them to get a hook up?
I typically use berkley jerk shad, 3" shrimp on 1/8 or 1/4 is jig head and the good DOA shrimp.
Any other arti suggestions???
Thanks in advance for the info.


  • kmagnusskmagnuss Posts: 3,149 Captain
    Here's what I use typically:
    Hogy HDUV 7" eel
    Hogy 4" paddle tail
    Purple demon
    Black or white clouser fly (if you fly fish)
    Terroreyz (silver in clear water, root beer or purple in dark water)
    Baitbuster (same colors as above)
    Surprisingly, a thick bass worm on 1/2 oz head works sometimes.  The good part is they're super cheap.

    Good luck!
    Tarpon... everything else is just bait.
    Captain Keith Magnussen - Crooked Rod Charters
  • NoreastSalt3295NoreastSalt3295 Posts: 596 Officer
    3" zmans, Vudu shrimp and weedless soft jerkbaits will do the trick. Just be patient, they'll go from not hitting a thing to hitting everything like a light switch.
  • JTrask473JTrask473 Fort MyersPosts: 22 Greenhorn
    Awesome, thanks.
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